LTA advice updated 23 September 2020
The courts are available for play under the revised Covid-19 rules, in accordance with Government and LTA guidelines on social distancing and hygiene. This guidance changes frequently and the latest version is always available on the LTA website.
Both singles and doubles play are now allowed with people from outside your own household, as long as you remain 2m apart as far as possible. For doubles, it is recommended that pairs decide in advance who will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court.
The group size for informal social play is now limited to a maximum of six people by law. This means that you can meet up with no more than five other people from different households as long as you observe social distancing guidelines.
Organised outdoor activity for larger groups, including coached sessions, club nights and competitions, is permitted by the Government as an exception to the limit of six so can continue as long as the coaching provider or event organisers follow the LTA Covid-19 secure guidelines. Attendees should not mingle in groups larger than six and should maintain social distance from those from other households.
You should undertake a self-assesment sympton check before leaving home using the information on the NHS website. Do not play if you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed Covid-19 infection. If you develop symptoms after playing at the club, please follow the Test and Trace guidelines as set out on the Gov.uk website.
If you are required to self-isolate for any other reason, including being asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace, or if you have returned from a destination not on the Government's travel corridor list, you should not leave your home to play tennis.
If you are clinically vulnerable (e.g. over 70), you can play but should be especially careful and diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you can consider playing, always maintaining social distancing and with robust hand and respiratory hygiene.
In particular, please adhere to the following points:
- Always book a court before playing to ensure that one is available and so that we have a record of who has been at the club for Test and Trace purposes.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before leaving home to go to the court
- Ensure you remain at least 2m away from anyone you encounter on site, especially on entering and leaving the courts. Do not congregate on or around the courts.
- You should limit your interaction with anyone outside your group, e.g. players on another court
- Frequently touched items such as gates, keypads and padlocks are not cleaned regularly so it is up to you to ensure that you clean your hands thoroughly before and after touching these items. Please bring your own sanitiser for this purpose.
- We have removed all frequently touched equipment from the courts. Please do not replace it.
- Players no longer need to use their own marked balls. However, if you choose to use shared balls, extra care should be taken to avoid touching your face during play and hands should be cleaned or sanitised immediately before and after playing. Players should avoid chasing a ball onto another court if other players are using it and avoid handling balls from another court if possible.
- Bring your own water bottle and other equipment and wipe both down after use.
- The shed is not to be accessed.
- If the toilets are open, take particular care in using them and wash hands thoroughly after use.
The full LTA guidance is available on the LTA website.
Local Restrictions, updated 15 October 2020:
Outdoor tennis can continue in Tier 2 (High) and Tier 3 (Very High) areas in line with the current national guidelines.